Manchester town justice accused of stealing thousands from town


Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has shed some additional light on the investigation involving Manchester Town Justice Erika Martin.

Officials say they noticed an irregularity in a bank account utilized by Martin and notified the Sheriff’s Office regarding that discrepancy.

The account was for fine money collected by the Manchester Town Court.

Further investigation revealed that the account was not accurate and money was missing.

On March 1st investigators arrested Martin and charged her with third-degree grand larceny. The charge resulted from the dollar amount being greater than $3,000 that had come up missing.

She appeared before Ontario County Judge Kocher and released her to appear at a later date. He noted that she was not allowed to hold court until further notice.

Manchester Town Justice Erika Martin is accused of stealing more than $3,000 from the town in form of property, according to Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo.

The 44-year-old was arraigned in Ontario County Court on Wednesday after being charged with third-degree grand larceny — a Class C felony.

Over the last year, Tantillo told reporters that Martin had stolen more than $3,000 while she served as Town Judge. She assumed that role in January 2016.

“She is alleged to have embezzled money she took in the nature of fines and surcharges,” Tantillo said to the Canandaigua Messenger.

Bail was not set and she was released on her own recognizance following arraignment. Her next court appearance will be on April 5th at 10 am.

Manchester has a second justice, which will be relied on more-heavily after Martin’s arrest. She was barred from taking the bench in court, and receives $19,362 annually in for fulfilling her role.

Officials are now looking for a judge to take her place, as it has actively interrupted the Manchester Town Court schedule.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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